Thursday, May 26, 2016

wit | costume design

The costume design for WIT may seem straightforward, after all, the lead character is in a hospital gown the whole time!  With a cast of nine incorporating the passage of time as well as the medical and everyday, however, designer Christopher David Gauthier had his work cut out for him.  Here are some shots of him discussing the design at first read ads come of the inspiration boards he used to build each character's look.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

broadWHAT?! an improvised musical | jennifer pielak, eleanor felton, peter abandon, matthew simons

Vancouver, BC - No script? No score? No problem! Local musical improv company, Off Key Improv, is thrilled to announce the premiere of BroadWHAT?! - a tip of their hats to the world of Broadway musicals. Set at the turn of the 19th century and inspired by audience suggestions, BroadWHAT?! is a two act improvised musical exploring classic character-types, songs styles and choreography from favourite musical theatre hits like Les Misérables, Hamilton, Rent, Wicked, Grease, The Sound of Music and more. Directed by emerging director Eleanor Felton (A GOOD MOTHER), musical direction by Peter Abando (SIDESHOW), featuring Jennifer Pielak (SIDESHOW) and Matthew Simmons (SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, SIDESHOW.)

DIRECTED BY: Eleanor Felton 

Katie Purych, Riley Qualtieri, Jennifer Pielak, Morgan Churla, Matthew Simmons

June 15th-19th
8pm Wed-Sun and 2pm Matinees on Sat & Sun.

Studio 1398 on Granville Island (1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver)

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at

wit | production photos

A few of the production shots from WIT! All photos by Damon Calderwood.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

2016-2017 season artwork

We are thrilled to release the season artwork for our 2016-2017 season, all created by the incomparable Emily Cooper!  Check out the shows on our season page, here is the artwork all on its own.

wit | responses

"It’s intelligent, witty and sometimes funny." | Jo Ledingham

"Director Angela Konrad has assembled a wonderful cast centered on the magnetic Katharine Venour, who makes Vivian stoic and droll and always likeable. Dan Amos plays the fussy Dr. Pozer with distracted charm, and Julie Cassleman gives a gentle performance as the warm hearted Susie.... it is a very tender story about a powerful and tragic woman, wrapped in a handsome production, with a luminous cast." | David C. Jones, Vancouver Presents

"Venour maintains Vivian’s intellectual curiosity without ever falling into stage-academic clichés, and she’s horrifyingly convincing in rendering Vivian’s excruciating pain near the end. The supporting cast is also very good across the board, especially Casselman as Susie and Amos as the awful Dr. Posner... Wit is a play that respects great literature and confronts big questions with intellectual honesty. How are we equipped to deal with our own death? Not very well, it seems. No pat answers here. And paradoxically, there’s some comfort in that." | Jerry Wasserman, Vancouver Plays

"You’d have to be made of stone not to be touched by the core story of Wit... Venour’s work is witty, moving, and true. Dan Amos gets all of the awkward humour and deep nerdiness that’s written into Jason. And Erla Faye Forsyth is perfection as E.M., the mentor. When E.M. visits Vivian late in the play, their interaction is heartbreaking." | Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight


"#ptWit is skillfully clever & disquieting. Simple is honoured by complexity. This catharsis is truly "fine". Go see." | @mdkeane

"Such a profound & visceral show and such wonderful work by not just the ensemble but the creative team as a whole. @PacificTheatre" | @kathrynpreeves

"Just saw it tonight -- Powerful. One of the best PT plays I've ever seen, in 16 years of attending. Katharine was outstanding. Excellent lighting." | Rosie Perera, Facebook

Monday, May 23, 2016

wit | opening night

What a fantastic opening weekend for WIT!  Thanks to everyone who joined us and to our amazing cast and production team for putting together this beautiful show.  Here are some shots from Friday's opening night reception.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

wit | the set design

We've got an inside look at the set design for WIT, straight from designer John Webber! Read below as he discusses the set design process he and director Angela Konrad took in coming up with the concept for the set, which is based on an open book, with a page half turned, as well as the chaos of academic research.

Set Designer John Webber explaining the set design
at the first reading.

"We had been going back and forth a bit with various concepts, and as we were discussing the frustrations of research and the quality of work submitted by most students, we joked that Vivian's reaction would probably be to take a bunch of papers and throw them in the air. There was a little 'Ah Ha' moment and we were off.

The next evolution was bringing the formalization of research into the design, as Angela wanted to focus the piece on the price that Vivian and Jason pay for the drive to research over compassion for those around us.  This is where the idea for the book, with a page in mid turn, came from.

For me I imagine the set is an extrapolation of Vivian's desk with the book being a volume of Donne's work and lots of notes and reminders surrounding it with the audience as the reader."

-John Webber

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

wit | subscriber appreciation saturday

It's time - WIT brings us to our last Subscriber Appreciation Saturday of the season!  Subscribers, we hope you'll be able to join us for this enriching afternoon.

WIT Subscriber Appreciation Saturday
Saturday, May 21st at 3:45pm (approx)
following the matinee performance

The poetry of John Donne features prominently in WIT, as our protagonist has is an expert in Donne's Holy Sonnets and finds that her exploration of mortality and the human soul becomes suddenly real with her cancer diagnosis. Join Trinity Wester University's Holly Faith Nelson, Ph.D., as she discusses John Donne's work and how it interacts with art, faith, and life.


Holly Faith Nelson, Ph.D.
Professor, Chair, and Graduate Stream Coordinator (English)
Co-Director, Gender Studies Institute
Department of English and Creative Writing
Trinity Western University

Friday, May 13, 2016

celebrazione | auction catalogue

CELEBRAZIONE, our celebration of art, music, food, and theatre, is coming soon!  We've got over $10,000 worth of auction items lined up. Here is the catalogue, updated as items are secured.

Baseball Lovers
4 tickets to a Canadians Baseball Game

Bird Lovers
Damon Calderwood Bird Lovers Basket
Admission to the Pacific Northwest Raptors

Children's Party
My Little Princess birthday party

Future Superstar
1 pass to Eastside Story Guild's summer camp
2 tickets to Carousel Theatre for Young People

Brew Package
Postmark Brewing: 2 beer bombers, hat, and gift certificate
Steel & Oak: Growler, hat, $25 gift certificate

Cinema Lovers
3 tickets and 1 membership to DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Pacific Cinematheque gift certificate

Classical Music Lover
2 tickets to the Vancouver Chamber Choir's Handel's Messiah Dec. 9
3 tickets to the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra

Potter's Paradise
A 30-piece pottery set from Victor Harrison

Firehall Package
2 tickets to the Firehall Arts Centre
Restaurant Gift Certificate

Improv Lover
4 tickets to Vancouver Theatresports League
2 tickets to Off Key Improv June show

Movie Lover
10 tickets to the Vancouver International Film Festival
$20 gift certificate to JJ Bean

Music Lover
Chor Leoni concert package
2 tickets to Music on Main 16-17 season

Musical Theatre Fan
2 tickets to Theatre Under the Stars this summer
Book: Steven Sondheim Collected Lyrics

Nature Lover
2 tickets to Van Dusen Botanical Gardens
4 tickets Stanley Park Ecology Society

Arts Club Fan
2 tickets to the Arts Club
Gift Certificate to The Marquis Restaurant

The Drive Lover
2 tickets to The Cultch
Gift Certificate to the Havana Restaurant

Valley Package
Tickets to Gallery 7 Theatre

Experience the Okanagan
A bottle of Okanagan wine
2 tickets to see the Kelowna Symphony

Experience Victoria
6 person tour and tasting for Cherry Point Estate Wines
2 adults and 2 children passes to IMAX Victoria
2 tickets to the Victoria Butterfly Garden
Family day pass to BC Forest Discovery Centre

Victoria Culture Package
2 passes to Craigdarroch Castle
2 passes to the Emily Carr House
2 tickets to the Belfry Theatre

Experience Barkerville
Passes, Merchandise, and Photos of Historic Barkerville

Fluevog Fan
$300 gift certificat to Fluevog Shoes

Emily Cooper Enthusiast
Get 3 high resolution files from Emily Cooper's artwork for Pacific Theatre that you can print

Washington Culture Pack
Tickets to Taproot Theatre
Pacific Art Association concert tickets

Fringe Fiend
6 tickets to the Vancouver Fringe Festival

Indie Theatre Buff
2 tickets to Tremors by Rumble Theatre
2 tickets to Boca Del Lupo
Gift Certificate to Bandidas Restaurant

Coffee and a Good Read
Gift Certificates to JJ Bean Coffee
4 books from the Regent Bookstore

Vacation in the City
1 night at the Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel
Gift Certificate to La Piazza Dario
Gift Certificate for Absolute Spa

Couples Cooking Club
Food Connections Couples Dim Sum Cooking Class
A cookbook

Become an Improviser Package
4 tickets to The Fictionals' Improv Against Humanity
Class, tickets, and a t-shirt for Instant Theatre

Out in the Wild
Gift Certificate for a Paddlewheeler Boat Tour
3 tickets to the Stanley Park Ecology Society

Sonnet Sweetheart
One sonnetgram performed by Ian Farthing